Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A style of ale that was fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. Hop, hops, and more hops! This ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. A beer for the connoisseur, this is the Brewmasters choice.

Known as Red Betty IPA in the United States.

Added by canucklehead on 04-10-2009

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ml can into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Light, orangey copper color pouring to 2-3 fingers of thick white head settling to a thick collar and leaving some nice lacing.

S: A big, sticky PNW hop nose (big, but not huge) with some nice spicy notes and a bit of caramel and malt.

T: Right from the start, a bit wack of American bittering hops, spicy and floral balanced out by a big malty body. The finish is long, dry, hoppy and tight.

M: Medium body and carbonation (appropriate for style); Full, round, smooth.

O: A pretty beer with a big hoppy, malty nose. The hops and malt extend onto the palate making a really well balanced IPA!

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rustic copper with a finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing behind. The nose has hops, but it is not terribly pungent. Nice balance between the malt and hops with a touch of sweetness just before the bitter finish. This offering is both hearty and crisp at the same time (I know that's an odd combination). The finish has good hop bitterness, that appears to get more potent the more you drink this baby.

All that -- and you gotta love the classic cutie cheesecake can.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, honey-copper coloring with a filmy, clingy, off-white head that settles into a low profile coating. Aromas of tangy sweet caramel malts and biscuits in the backbone, with a resiny and subtle floral hops profile. Smells like a well balanced IPA. Flavors are floral and resiny bitter forward, with a solid caramel and toffee backbone keeping the balance. Roasted throughout, with piny highlights. The end of the palate is dominated by bitter, green, hops resin, leading to a bitter, rich aftertaste, with citrus tart notes showing up, as well. Smooth, somewhat light in mouth, but bold overall. Great lacing left along the glass. Bitter, slick, slightly drying finish. Solid brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355mL can into a pokal. Rich gold with pinkish highlights, it doesn't have the richness of colour that many IPAs do, almost as if its been a little over-filtered. The smell is sharp piney hops backed with sweet floral malts, and not overly strong -- an aroma that leads one to expect an IPA on the light, refreshing side, rather than a fuller, more mouth-filling example of the style. And that's exactly what we get: a quintessential summer IPA, nicely balancing an almost British malt profile (think Deuchars IPA) with west-coast hops, while not going overboard on either. In the finish, though, the hops take over, their grapefruit-pith bitterness lingering after any hint of sweet has vanished.

Overall, while there's a lot of flavour here, its lightness both keeps it almost sessionable and (less positively) prevents it from reaching the highest heights of the style.

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,107 ratings